Test: AUKEY True Wireless headphones (EP-T1)

Since the end of last year, AUKEY has been offering a pair of in-ear Bluetooth headphones that do not require any cables and also have a charging cradle for on the go. The AUKEY EP-T1 “True Wireless Headphones” are simply plugged into your ears, linked to your smartphone, iPod, MacBook or other device and you can enjoy audio wirelessly. Unlike the Syllable D9X (Review) there are no rechargeable batteries that could fall off due to unfavorable contact. How the wireless Bluetooth headphones AUKEY EP-T1 fared in the test, I have summarized that for you in the following.

The AUKEY True Wireless Headphones EP-T1 with charging cradle. Battery charging takes about 2 hours.

The AUKEY True Wireless Headphones EP-T1 with charging cradle. Battery charging takes about 2 hours.

AUKEY EP-T1 true wireless headphones in the test

The headphones arrive in the manufacturer's usual simple packaging, which mainly consists of cardboard. Inside there is the padded case with the headphones, a microUSB cable, various in-ear attachments, the operating instructions and the warranty card. There is a plastic strip between the contacts of the headphones and the contacts of the charging cradle, which prevents unwanted, permanent charging during storage and delivery. Basically everything arrives ready to go and can be put into operation right out of the box. 


Specifications

Before I get to the detailed test of the wireless Bluetooth headphones, I would like to show you the data sheet. This already gives a good impression of the in-ear plugs with a fixed battery and charging cradle. These are the technical data:

  • Manufacturer: AUKEY
  • Model: EP-T1
  • Wireless technology: Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
  • Driver: 5,5mm diameter; 4 mm height (per plug)
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Microphone: yes
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB ± 3 dB
  • Batteries: 60 mAh each
  • Playing time at 50% volume: 4 hours
  • Charging time: 2 hours
  • Number of charges in the case: 6
  • Charging time of the charging case: 2 hours
  • Battery of the charging case: 800 mAh
  • Power input: micro-USB port

Pairing made easy

As with all modern BT devices, pairing is super easy. You simply activate the Bluetooth transmission on the iPhone, iPod, Mac, Android smartphone or other audio source and then hold down the button on the left headphone until its LED lights up alternately red and green. If it is not automatically paired, then you simply select the headphones on the source device. If the pairing worked, the LED in the headphones emits a slow, green pulsation. The same applies to the right plug, which is activated by pressing the multifunction button for several seconds and synchronizes with the left. 

AUKEY EP-T1 test - audio

Then of course comes the most important part: the audio playback. Those who are really audiophile and are looking for the perfect sound are not in good hands with these headphones. The bass is useful for the size and design of the headphones; the mids are wonderful; but high heights are rendered a bit rattling for my taste. 

For example, if you want to listen to rock with a lot of cymbals on the drums or music with a touch of electronic music through these in-ears, you sometimes have to clank - or try the equalizer and turn the highs down a bit. Otherwise I find the sound convincing. If you mainly listen to deep-voiced music by AnnenMayKantereit or audio books, you can buy the plugs with peace of mind;)

AUKEY True Wireless headphones test - operation

This model is operated using the two multifunction buttons, one of which is on the left and one on the right headphones. As a recommendation, I can give you on the way to use the standard playback program of the source device. During the test with the Amazon Music app on the Mac it happened that iTunes was called via the headphones when pausing and starting, so that in the end two pieces of music ran on top of each other. 

In general, I can only recommend adjusting the volume, track selection, pause, play and the like on the source device anyway. Not so much because the buttons don't work well, but because the in-ear architecture makes the clicking noise in the ear appear loud and you have to hold the auricle from below so that the button can be pressed properly. At least that was the case with my flexible listeners.

But if you can handle the buttons well, you should be able to use them to this extent (according to the instructions):

  • Play / Pause: press one of the buttons briefly
  • Volume - louder: press the right button twice
  • Volume - quieter: press the left button twice
  • Previous track: press the left button for 2 seconds
  • Next track: press the right button for 2 seconds
  • Accepting / ending a call: press one of the buttons briefly
  • Rejecting an incoming call: press a key for 1 second

Use as sports headphones

The good fit of these headphones naturally depends on the shape and size of the ear. They fit well with me, and I rate my eavesdroppers as average. Except for the in-ear attachments, the design dispenses with flexible or interchangeable parts. There are no brackets in S, M or L and no gel areas or spring-loaded parts on the housing. 

Nevertheless, the headphones do not fall out of the ears or press excessively. Of course, you have to get used to it first, but later you don't even notice that you have the devices clamped in your ear cups. I also find the grip sufficient for jogging - but anyone who wants to do sports with more head movements or even gymnastics with it could reach the limits of what is possible.

The AUKEY earbuds fit well in the ear, hold neatly and sound good.

The AUKEY earbuds fit well in the ear, hold neatly and sound good.

In the test, the AUKEY EP-T1 were ideal for listening to audio books while walking, for music at work or when shopping. They also sit securely in your ears for running. So all in all, I would recommend them as everyday and sports headphones. If you also use it and haven't lost it while doing gymnastics, cycling or the like, please leave a comment;)

If you want to charge the wireless Bluetooth headphones in your backpack or bag on the go, you can also close the case.

If you want to charge the wireless Bluetooth headphones in your backpack or bag on the go, you can also close the case.

advantages and disadvantages

In the following I would like to list a few advantages, neutral points and disadvantages of these headphones so that you can fine-tune your purchase decision at a glance. Afterwards you will find the link to Amazon as well as briefly summarized information about the AUKEY True Wireless headphones EP-T1.

Advantages

  • Good hold, even without a bracket
  • Nice bass and good mids
  • Sufficient battery life for sports, shopping, commuting
  • Good noise canceling thanks to in-ear architecture
  • Headphones charge relatively quickly in the mobile case

Neutral points

  • Operation does not always work as indicated in the instructions
  • You may have to get used to wearing it (depending on the shape of the ear)

Disadvantages

  • Treble too strong for some genres
  • Battery life not enough for a working day
  • Operating the keys sounds quite loud and may need counter pressure

Buy AUKEY in-ear headphones EP-T1

At Amazon you can get the latest wireless and wireless in-ear bluetooth headphones for 49,99 euros (As of July 2018). On the product page you will find further customer reviews, customer questions and answers as well as experiences with the earplugs.

Summary

Anyone who is older and can no longer perceive highs as well or who can handle the equalizer of the audio output will certainly be very satisfied with these headphones. I don't find the high heights too disturbing, but they are already noticeable; for example at Linkin Park or Good Charlotte, where highs are reproduced strongly with many output devices. Otherwise I would definitely recommend it for "normal" rock, pop and other music. If you have any questions about the devices or want to know something about other headphones mentioned here in the blog, please leave a comment.

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